Not enough

Oil isn’t the only thing we’re running out of.  Rare earth minerals that you’ve probably never heard of but that are essential for modern technology are, well, rare. Many are located in countries we compete with and getting them out of the ground requires willingness to absolutely destroy that local environment.  We’re going to have to make unpleasant political and environmental decisions in the next few years if we want new cars and cell phones.

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  1. Pat says:

    The Chinese have been testing rare earths as agricultural fertilisers, luckily with mixed results.

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